Season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise is set to premiere tonight and longtime host, Chris Harrison, is long gone. The former host was fired earlier this year following his support of Rachael Kirkconnell. His departure has split Bachelor Nation in half.
Fans of the franchise are upset that Chris won’t be hosting anymore, and they have expressed their sadness on Twitter. Some of them have even gotten a response from Chris himself! One fan wrote, “You think @chrisbharrison misses us as much as we miss him? #TheBachelorette,” and Chris replied: “I truly do!”
Many fans’ tweets and comments discussed their boycott of The Bachelor after the show’s longtime host was removed. This is worrying to Bachelor Nation executives who have continued to see low ratings.
Last season, while Katie Thurston tried to find love, many long-term fans decided not to tune in. According to Nielsen’s ratings, Katie’s season averaged about 3.3-3.8 million viewers each episode. This might sound like a lot, but the previous season averaged about 5 million viewers per episode.
A source from ABC has said that “ABC execs are beginning to think that losing Chris Harrison was a mistake.” But even if fans are screaming for Bachelor Nation to bring back their favorite host it doesn’t look promising. Executives of the franchise say that Chris Harrison’s leaving was like a breakup, and now both partners have moved on to better things.
According to someone close to Chris Harrison, the former host of Bachelor Nation is getting a lot of offers after he was fired from the franchise. So while fans are sad now, they might be able to see Chris host another TV show very soon.
It’s not just the fans that are boycotting the show. Some former contestants are also staying away from The Bachelor. Former Bachelor Sean Lowe from Season 17 didn’t watch Katie’s season after Chris left. His wife, Catherine Giudici, revealed this tidbit in an interview with relationship expert Rori Sassoon. “I’m watching it. My husband is kind of boycotting it because of the Chris Harrison stuff, but I’m watching it this season to support the girls,” Giudici admitted.
Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici were considered a Bachelor success story after getting engaged in Season 17 and then going on to get married and have three kids. Unlike Sean, however, many other Bachelors and Bachelorettes are excited about the future of a franchise without Chris Harrison. The upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise will have a rotating cast of new hosts.
Tammy Ly, who was on Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor, and this season of Bachelor in Paradise said, “The hosts were so amazing it made it such a great experience. I’m telling you right now this season is the most monumental season they ever released.”
After it was announced that Chris Harrison would leave the Bachelor franchise, the executives at ABC said that the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise would feature a variety of new hosts and would act as an audition for a permanent fill-in. Some of the celebrity guests have included David Spade, Lance Bass, Lil Jon, Tituss Burgess, and Bachelor in Paradise bartender Wells Adams!
Contestants on Bachelor in Paradise have become star-struck with this new set of hosts. Connor Brennan, ex of Katie Thurston, was so excited to meet his hero David Spade. It was David who voiced Connor’s favorite childhood character – the llama from The Emperor’s New Groove!
Aaron Clancy, who was also on Katie’s season, loved meeting Lil John. “I loved it. I couldn’t have thought of a better person to crash the party,” Aaron said. “Took a tequila shot with the guy, highlight of my life.”
Despite the new hosts for Bachelor in Paradise, the TV show is still recovering from the controversy of Chris Harrison and the racial scandal that happened during Matt James’ season.
Chris Harrison was fired after supporting contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. During Matt James’ season, it was revealed that Rachael Kirkconnell had attended an Antebellum plantation-theme party back in 2018.
After that was revealed, many high school classmates of Rachael revealed her past racist tendencies and said that she used to make fun of them for dating Black men. Rachael Kirkconnell has since apologized for her actions.
During the interview, Chris said, “we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I’ve seen some stuff online… again, this ‘judge, jury, executioner’ thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart.”
Following the interview, Chris was pulled from the show and put under temporary hiatus, leaving Bachelor Nation fans wondering what would happen to their favorite host.
In the immediate aftermath of the interview, Chris said that he would try to get back on the show and hopes that The Bachelor would become a place of change. But in June the former host announced that he would be permanently leaving the show, writing in his Instagram, “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter.”